Students will travel to La Plant, South Dakota to visit the Cheyenne River Native American reservation where they will partner with the Simply Smiles organization for one week and students from another U.S.-based school, participating in service. Service includes building housing in the mornings, and organizing and conducting day camps for local children in the afternoon. House construction provides students the opportunity to learn about basic construction, while working side-by-side and interacting with the family for which the particular house is being built. The afternoon day camp utilizes a student’s enthusiasm, but also individual expertise and passions, allowing students to participate in ongoing activities, or to design and create their own.
Prior to the trip, student volunteers will meet with faculty trip leaders, discuss shared readings on tribe history and current health and community issues, and plan appropriate afternoon activities.
This program is open to all current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students with a preference towards those with a demonstrated interest in service and/or Native American studies. All interested students are encouraged to apply by October 30. Financial aid is available for all trips with priority for students who have not previously received aid for a Deerfield trip.